Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that Wade Davis has agreed to a three-year, $52 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. There’s also a fourth-year vesting option that could make the deal worth $66 million. The guaranteed average of $17.33 million is the highest per-year salary ever for a relief pitcher, surpassing the $15 million a year the Yankees are paying Aroldis Chapman.
Davis, 32, saved 32 games for the Cubs in 2017, posting a 2.30 ERA and a 79/28 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. He spent the previous four seasons with the Kansas City Royals, helping them to a World Series title in 2015, when he posted an astounding 0.94 ERA in 69 games out of the pen. Davis will take the place of his former Royals teammate Greg Holland, who closed for the Rockies in 2017 but who is now a free agent.
The Cubs had made Davis a qualifying offer, but he rejected it, meaning that the Rockies will send Chicago a draft pick as compensation.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.